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Petition Title: The Weekend Voting Act
Current Number of Supporters: 7
Total Faxes Sent: 18

Subject: The Weekend Voting Act

Dear [Your Congressman/Senator Inserted Here]

We the undersigned petition you to support H.R.4183 The Weekend Voting Act. Rep. Israel the sponsor of this Bill said Voting should be easy. This is why, in 1845, Congress decided that voting on a Tuesday made sense. It was the best day for farmers in our agrarian society to get to the polls. Times have changed, and Tuesday voting just doesn’t make sense anymore. By moving Election Day from a single day weekday to a full weekend, we are encouraging more working Americans to participate. Our democracy will be best served when our leaders are elected by as many Americas as possible

The Weekend Voting Act would allow for national polls to be open from 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) Saturday to 6 p.m. (ET) Sunday in the 48 contiguous states. Election officials would be permitted to close polls during the overnight hours if they determine it would be inefficient to keep them open.

Currently, most polls are open only 12 hours (from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for one day. As seen in the 2008 and 2004 elections and primaries, long lines in many polling places kept voters waiting longer than one or two hours. Voter turnout in the United States has long lagged behind similar democracies around the world. Only 47 percent of eligible voters actually voted in the United States. In Italy, where voting takes place on the weekends, 92 percent of eligible voters voted.

Author: Jered Hodges  
Title: Volunteer
Partner Organization*: Americans for America

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Subject: The Weekend Voting Act
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